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The latest numbers show only 40% of Americans actually make New Year’s resolutions. Sure, I did it once – five years ago this week I reluctantly quit smoking. If you listen to anecdotes about people who quit smoking, they always “smoked three packs a day.” I only smoked two. Two packs. Everyday since junior high. […]

Oh, the irony of poetic justice. Every once in a while it happens. In the Bible story of Esther, Jew hater Haman was hung on the same gallows he’d originally set up to hang Queen Esther’s Jewish uncle. In the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade movie, the Nazi double agent who claimed to “believe” […]

Independent Eye by Joe Gandelman Is 2011 already a baby saddled with a burden from old-fogey-2010 heavier then its diaper’s contents? Does the world already have multiple swords of Damocles hanging over its head? Will the sea of change caused by economic upheaval and new technologies continue to accelerate in 2011? The humorists have weighed […]

Paul Conrad (1924 – 2010)One of the most influential editorial cartoonists to ever put pen to paper, Conrad won three Pultizer Prizes for the cartoons he drew for the Los Angeles Times.  He was also named in Richard Nixon’s enemy list in 1973, a badge he wore with honor. Here’s my blog post about the […]

Everyone here knows how much I like to abuse the poor bear on California’s flag. Well now my buddy, Slovak cartoonist Martin “Shooty” Sutovec, has decided to draw a California flag cartoon of his own. That poor bear has suffered mightily at the hands of cartoonists.

Every year about now, the media introduce us to the most fascinating people of the prior year. They always overlook people like Joe Horne. A tailgunner in the Army Air Corps during World War II, Horne and his crew enjoyed 11 successful missions. They didn’t expect to survive their 12th: orders to bomb a heavily […]

It may have been a “lame duck” congress, but by passing several major pieces of legislation including a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, I guess the term “lame” is in the eye of the beholder… or the cartoonist.  Click to view our Lame Duck cartoon slideshow.

Raging Moderate by Will Durst Yes, we did. Survived 2010. 365 tumultuous days of what my good friend Elizabeth (Betty) Windsor, is wont to call an annus horribilis. And our reward for enduring that annoying annum is this clean slate of a new year where potentially anything can happen. A position we find ourselves now; […]

No one was more surprised by the way 2010 turned out than this reporter, except possibly the 69 Democrats who lost their seats in Congress, plus quite a few governors and, well, it just wasn’t the kind of year I would have predicted. But rather than recap boring old news, here’s what is certain to […]

When the 112th Congress convenes next month, the national debate over federal immigration policy will enter its third of three phases that began in 1965 with the Immigration and Nationality Act. Phase one, “More Immigration,” lasted from 1965 to 2000. Phase two, “Restricting Immigration,” opens after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. From 2001 through 2010, those […]